• Bogdan Panchenko and Ivan Kukarskih – Founders (shot by Glen Ballis)


    With a shared international background and a true ambition to excel in the food and beverage sphere, Ivan and Bogdan struck up a synergetic partnership from day one. In 2013, Ivan founded BB Burgers, which has quickly become one of the most successful burger restaurant chains in Russia. Meanwhile, Bogdan was having his own success becoming a key supplier to the nation’s capital, providing fresh vegetables and fruit from all over Russia.
  • Victoria Tishina – Head Manager


    Master of Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism. From a waiter to a maître d'hôtel at the Radisson Collection Hotel, gained experience in analytical department at MARS and ran a French restaurant and confectionery Ladurée in Moscow for several years.
    I believe that the main factor that guarantees restaurant's success is a team of employees in which everyone truly loves their job, and the key element for effective team work is the personal example of the leader.
  • Glen Ballis – Brand chef


    Born in Australia, upon finishing culinary school, Glen worked eight years domestically before moving to Southeast Asia, where he spent the next twenty years fine tuning his trade, before moving to London. In 2006, he was offered a position to open a restaurant in Moscow and he never looked back. From there, he has positioned himself as a business partner with some of Moscow's top restaurants, renowned for their delicious tastes and eclectic styles. In addition, Ballis owns three restaurants in Singapore, which are managed by his son.
  • Maxim Gorelik – Chef Bartender


    Has been in the industry for 10 years. He started his career in Krasnoyarsk (2011-2012), then worked in bars in St. Petersburg (2013) with the future founders of the Imbibe bar. In 2014 he moved to Moscow and worked at one of the first Speak Easy in Russia - Jack Rose, then joined the team of Bruce Lee Bar (former Belka Bar), where six months later he became a bar manager at the age of 22. In 2016, he had experience in bar consulting, and at the beginning of 2017 he joined the team of opening the Cevicheria restaurant. In mid-2017, he received an offer to open a new project Margarita Bistro as a bar manager. A year later, he opened Lucky Izakaya Bar, afterwards - Eva and Loro, thereafter he became the chief bartender of the new restaurant group Lucky Group.

    Since 2017 he is also part of the Bacardi - Martini family. Since September 2017, he was the trade ambassador of Bacardi - Martini in Moscow. Since January 1, 2022, he has been the Patron tequila brand ambassador in Russia and Eastern Europe.

    Included in the Top 10 Russian bar managers according to Barproof 2017-2018 and the Top 3 Russian bar managers according to Barproof 2019-2021.

    Now he is a speaker at various restaurant and bar venues in Russia, such as the Roman Toroschin Training Center, Gastreet Show, Moscow Food Academy.

    The ideologist of the educational bar community at Lucky Group - Lucky Bar Skills.

  • Oleg Safarov - Bar-manager


    Acquaintance with the restaurant industry began in 2012 from the position of a waiter. After moving to the bar counter, he worked in the Mumiy Troll Bar and the Hungry-Angry projects. Experience in the "Martinez" and "Dry & Wet" cocktail bars allowed to delve into both – the knowledge of the classics and work with modern equipment. After that, he became part of the Greek restaurant Eva, where he went from bartender to bar manager. He considers that Gin and Tonic is the best drink in any weather, and Arthur Conan Doyle is the best writer of his time.
  • Egor Orlov - Sommelier


    He started his career with practice in 2010, studying to be a chef, then worked in his specialty until 2014. He tried his hand at various positions: waiter, bartender, administrator. In search of a dream profession, he plunged into the study of wine. After graduating from the Enotria course, he became part of the team of the restaurant "Foreigners". In October 2021, he joined the Lucky Group as a sommelier of the Greek restaurant Eva. In his work, more than anything he values the exchange of emotions with guests and their sincere smiles, as well as a team of professionals who enjoy what they do.
  • Elizaveta Yakovets – PR-director


    Graduated from the Higher School of Economics. Since 20 years old has been engaged in marketing in the restaurant field. Having gained experience in a large advertising company, she opened her own agency and in 2018 moved to Lucky Group during their first Margarita Bistro project. Her value is working with mind and heart.
  • Ekaterina Khrokina - Training Director


    She began her career in the restaurant business as a waiter's assistant at the age of 18. She graduated from the Faculty of Psychology, the school of wine "Enotria" and later, advancing in her career in restaurants in managerial positions, she received the education of a business coach. Created the LUCKY SKILLS school in 2019 from scratch, when the company had only 2 restaurants.